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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the severe weather alerts up in several states right now. major storms, damaging winds, the tornado sirens. and images of twisters. bracing for a potentially dangerous night ahead. we're also watching a category 4 storm, packing 155-mile-per-hour winds. also breaking tonight, the mystery meeting at the white house. the republican congressman leading the investigation into russia's meddling. now, new questions tonight about his secret meeting on the white house grounds. the school plot revealed tonight. the plan to shoot it up and bomb the school. the honor student and her alleged arsenal right here. the two plane crashes. one into a home, the other breaking apart in mid flight. authorities say the family was coming home from spring break. and the consumer warning
tonight. if the phone rings, the one question they warn you not to answer. good evening and it's great to be back with you here on a monday night. more on that secret meeting at the white house, but we do begin tonight with another major headline playing out right now. severe storms hitting at this hour. 15 million americans warned that this could be a dangerous night on the roads. reports of tornadoes already, this large twister in mississippi. giant hail smashing into this windshield in texas. authorities in several states now warning of storms bringing damaging winds. abc's adrienne bankert is in the storm zone tonight. >> reporter: tonight, sounding the alarm in tennessee. >> we have tornado sirens going off in adamsville. >> reporter: a dangerous system moving east after pummeling the heartland over the last 24 hours. funnel clouds forming in oklahoma. >> oh, it's roping out now. >> reporter: this twister dropping and tearing through the
plains. drivers racing for shelter under gas station canopies, as hail battered the dallas area. >> you could hear it coming from the distance, just like a stampede. >> reporter: some stones the size of baseballs. in little elm, more than 70% of the school buses are out of commission. it's all part of a multi-day storm outbreak that brought more than 200 reports of severe weather. >> here's a frame from a mobile home that was blown off. >> reporter: an ef-2 tornado in arkansas. and straight-line winds up to 100 miles per hour, destroying this louisiana church. and we have got ominous clouds behind us here. the rain starts to come down again. we've seen thunder and lightning. here in louisville, we're under a severe weather watch all night long. we could see wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour, large hail and possibly tornadoes. david? >> all right, adrienne, thank you. let's get right to ginger zee, who is tracking this right into the night. >> reporter: and that severe thunderstorm watch that adrienne is in goes all the way south into parts of alabama.
you can see it there on the map, david. also into even mississippi. this is all through tonight, most of them go as late as 11:00 p.m. but the storms don't stop then. watch that line, damaging wind the main threat as he comes together in eastern tennessee, northern alabama, through the after midnight hours. then we look at a new storm. this is really prime time for severe weather. a lot of moisture, a lot of dry air behind that low. and it is classic. there's a dry line that sets up tomorrow. we could see a few tornadoes in the region highlighted there. that slides east through wednesday. it is going to be day after day of severe storms. it will certainly feel like we're almost in april. >> could be a difficult week ahead. we'll see you in the morning on "gma." as you know, we are watching that massive cyclone. it is spinning towards australia tonight. the winds the e give leapt of a category 3 hurricane here, reaching 115 miles an hour. 20-foot wachs are expected. strong winds reaching store. thousands of people have been evacuated ahead of the storm. it is expected to make landfall tonight. back here at home, and the
bombshell headline from washington at this hour. the republican congressman who is now leading a congressional investigation into russian meddli meddling. it turns out had a secret meeting on white house grounds. it was last week devin nunes went to the white house with kras if ied information. now, we learned before that announcement, he had been at the white house the night before. well, tonight, new calls for him to step down from his post, and here is abc's scecilia vega. >> reporter: the top republican leading what is supposed to be an independent investigation into russia's election meddling, tonight, facing serious questions about impartiality. house intelligence committee chairman devin nunes now says his trove of classified information allegedly showing intelligence officials may have inadvertently picked up the communications of the president and his transition team was actually given to him by someone on the white house grounds. >> i'm not going to tell you where i was at on the grounds
because of course those are all classified facilities. >> reporter: the california congressman, a member of the president's transition team, now admits he met his source at a secret location on the white house grounds last week. the very next day, nunes briefed reporters on capitol hill about his findings and then rushed back to the white house to brief the president. >> what i've read bothers me and i think it should bother the president himself and his team. >> reporter: the president said the finding vindicated his claim that president obama wiretapped him. >> do you feel vind kated by chairman nunes? >> isomwhat do, i must tell you, isomwhat do. >> reporter: but nunes admits he has no evidence of trump tower was wiretapped. and he still hasn't provided his own committee with any proof of his new claims. now, top democrats calling on the chairman to step aside. >> chairman nunes is falling down on the job. and seems to be more interested
in protecting the president than in seeking the truth. >> reporter: as for the trump administration, they will not say who nunes met with on the white house grounds. >> i'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them, i think that's something that he's made very clear and i'll let him answer it. >> reporter: it comes amid those swirling questions about the trump administration's ties to russia. today, word that jared kushner, the president's own son-in-law, and his top white house adviser, has voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by the senate intelligence committee. making him the first white house staffer to face quells from congressional investigators. during the transition, kushner met with russia's ambassador, and he also met with the head of a russian bank controlled by putin's government and under u.s. sanctions. but that man has tries to russia intelligence. today, the white house said kushner has nothing to hide. >> he volunteers to make sure
that -- he said, hey, we've made some contacts, let me know if you'd like to talk. >> new spotlight tonight on jared kushner. in the meantime, cecilia vega with us live at the white house. and i want to go back to congressman nunes. the drum beat from democrats growing louder that he must recuse himself from this investigation. no indication that's going to happen? >> reporter: david, there's not. and today, the speaker, speaker paul ryan said that nunes is, quote, conducting a thorough, fare and credible investigation. david? >> cecilia vega live with us tonight. thank you. meantime tonight, president trump and his next move after the failure to repeal and replace obamacare. the president blaming democrats, conservative republicans, and tonight, the first signal of what he plans next. here's our chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: in a bid to turn the page, president trump today signed a few bills that actually did pass congress. minor measures on cutting regulations.
when the president was asked about the big one that didn't pass -- >> do you still want to repeal obamacare? >> reporter: no reply, no comment. faced with a divide republican party in congress, the white house has suggested it may be time to reach out to democrats. is the president serious about working with democrats, given what happened on health care? >> absolutely. >> but wouldn't this require a serious correction from the white house? the president's branded chuck schumer a clown. worked entirely with republicans on this bill, wouldn't this require a serious change of course from the president? >> to some degree, sure. and i think the president talked about that. i think he -- we learned a lot through this process. >> reporter: the health care debacle is especially devastating, given what the president said during the campaign. >> repealing and replacing obamacare is one of the single most important reasons we must win on november 8th. >> reporter: he promised to repeal it immediately, but was
soon surprised how difficult it would be. >> it's an unbelievably complex subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: after it went down, the president, who's branded himself the ultimate dealmaker, seemed a little shell-shocked. >> it certainly was an interesting period of time. we all learned a lot. we learned a lot about loyalty. we learned a lot about the vote getting process. >> reporter: from his budget trek or the, a frank admission. >> i think the one thing we learned this week is that washington was a lot more broken than president trump thought that it was. >> jon karl with us from the white house tonight. the president says he wants to move onto tax reform, tax cuts, but after the failure to repeal obamacare, doesn't tax reform become even more difficult? >> reporter: more difficult, and a heck of a lot more complicated, david. it's not even clear what the white house strategy will be going forward or even whether or not the president will be offering his own tax reform proposal or wait for congress to act first. and as to whether or not the president will begin try to get
support from those hard line conservatives that defied him on health care, today, the white house, when asked about that, said, simply, it depends. >> all right, jon karl with the questions if the briefing room today. jon, thank you. we turn next to the fight against isis. more u.s. troops on the way to iraq tonight. about 300 additional soldiers to advise and help iraqi troops. this evening, the pentagon investigating whether air strikes played a role in the deaths in 200 civilians there in recent days. secretary of defense james mattis was asked about that today. >> there is no military force in the world that has proven more sensitive to civilian casualt s casualties. we are keenly aware that every -- where an enemy hipds behind women and children is also a humanitarian field. >> secretary mattis adding the u.s. military doesering humanly possible to help innocent people, he said, unlike their isised adversarieadversaries. next tonight, a chilling plot uncovered.
authorities tipped off about a very detailed plan to attack a high school. to shoot students and to bomb the school. authorities say an 18-year-old honor student was already gathering materials she needed, and she was determined not to survive. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: these are the weapons that school and police officials say were going to be used in a massacre planned for april 5th. a shotgun, bomb-making materials, including pipes for a pipe bomb. a columbine-style attack, allegedly plotted by an 18-year-old student at catoctin high school, 90 minutes from washington. >> there is no doubt in our minds that we averted a disaster up there. i've never seen anything like this to be honest with you. >> reporter: according to the sheriff, that student, nichole cevario, had kept a chilling diary with a timeline of the imminent attack and details about the schools emergency procedures. but her alleged plot was foiled by her own father, who alerted school officials and police and thursday when he discovered the dirty. do you feel like at the end of the day, the parents put the
community in front of everything else? >> you know, obviously, it had to be a tremendously difficult decision, but they did the right thing. >> reporter: police say the girl's diary specifically mentions columbine. it's part of a disturbing trend. an abc news investigation found, in the last 17 years, there have been at least 79 this warted school massacre plots. more than half of the would be assassins mentioned columbine. police have given no information about a possible motive. but they say there's no evidence of anyone else being involved in this alleged plot. as for the young student, she's been committed for an emergency mental health evaluation. david? >> pierre thomas tonight, thank you. and a threat triggering a lockdown at another school. authorities sweeping the school class room by class room, leading students out with their hands on their heads, then bussing them to another high school. no weapons for found in the school, but tonight, five students have been detained for questioning. there are new clues tonight about that tennessee teenager and the high school teacher who
authorities believe abducted her. investigators now revealing their secret way of communicating. abc's eva pilgrim is in tennessee. >> reporter: tonight, the family of that missing tennessee teenager is hoping this newly released home video will help lead to her safe return. >> you want to start in back or from the front? >> you'll recognize her voice if you hear it. >> reporter: this, as authorities reveal how 15-year-old elizabeth thomas and her former teacher, tad cummins, were communicating days before he allegedly kidnapped her. investigators say the two left each other draft e-mails on a school computer. >> they would save the draft the other person would log in, read the message, then delete it. >> reporter: but sarah thomas says her sister was avoiding cummins when he showed up to her workplace two days before she vanished. >> she would tell people to tell him she wasn't there. and she would go and hide until he left. >> reporter: after two weeks, and more than a thousand tips, still to sign of the pair. >> we just live for that day when we're going to get a phone call from somebody, or even possibly her, she gets ahold of
a phone, calls and says, i'm all right, i need somebody to come and get me. >> reporter: david, authorities have passed along their information to law enforcement in mexico and central america, but say they have no idea where the two could be tonight. david? >> eva, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the urgent consumer warning tonight, your money. the new phone scam. if the phone rings, the one question they warn you not to answer. also, the deadly shooting rampage today. one person killed, five rounded. police revealing the possible motive late today. those two plane crashes. the pilot hitting a home. and then the family killed, returning from spring break. and we want your opinion on this story tonight. should two young girls have been prevented from boarding their flight because they were wearing leggings? the airline facing a huge backlash tonight, and their explanation, as the news continues.
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